Musings of a network engineer
My Christmas present arrived today from my good friends at Thomann in Germany. It's a brand new Yamaha Pacifica 611VFM electric guitar, to replace my Stagg S300N which is going back on the second-hand market from which I bought it from.
I spent a lot of time researching what I wanted to buy. I knew from the Stagg that I didn't just want a single-coil pickup, and that I wanted at least one humbucking pickup, but I also knew that I wanted to be able to coil-split to get a single-coil sound when needed. The Pacifica 611 is a great mix, it has a Seymour Duncan P-90 at the neck position which gives you a lovely, warm, clean single-coil tone and a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 Humbucker at the bridge position. The bridge pickup can be coil-split to give you a lovely single-coil sound from both pick-ups. It also has a 3 way switch, to activate just the neck, both the neck and bridge, and just the bridge pick-up, which along with the coil split gives you 5 possible sounds: